Hot competition in the charity stakes

BEN THOMPSON, DIRECTOR OF MORTGAGE, LEGAL & GENERAL
BEN THOMPSON, DIRECTOR OF MORTGAGE, LEGAL & GENERAL

It is hard to believe that in a few weeks’ time we will be setting off on our long cycle ride to Spain for charity.
Until Christmas I was rather proud of what we planned to but then it seemed the whole world was getting in on the act.

Within 24 hours of sending out my first JustGiving email I heard from someone planning to accompany Lawrence Dallaglio on a trek from Italy to Ireland.

That was humbling enough but then I saw that comedian Eddie Izzard had run 43 marathons in 51 days with no training.

Television presenter Christine Bleakley was up next as she water-skied to France, followed by the Sport Relief team which happily wheeled from John O’Groats to Lands’ End.

But then nobody seemed to be doing any crazy physical activity for a while so I thought it was safe to send out another batch of JustGiving emails 10 days ago.

Needless to say, on television that night I saw a programme that followed Mark Beaumont as he cycled from the north to the south of America, including climbing two mountains of around 22,000ft.

Why couldn’t all these athletes, presenters and comedians have done their charitable treks last year? Or next year? Why now?

But on to training – I now know what 80 plus miles in five and a half hours feels like but still only for a day, so not enough. This weekend it’s 100 miles and no less.

Thanks to all those who have supported us through our JustGiving sites. We appreciate it.